Last Ransomes Commander mower rolls off production line

The last Commander. Image: Ransomes
The last Commander. Image: Ransomes
The final Ransomes Commander 5-gang cylinder mower has been produced at Ransomes Jacobsen's manufacturing plant in Ipswich.

A stalwart of wide area mowing for municipal authorities, local councils and groundscare contractors for over 20 years, the first incarnation of the Commander was produced in 1994 and since then it has had numerous upgrades and improvements.

The final machine, destined for a customer in France, is a tribute to Tony 'Mr Commander' Dunnage, one of Ransomes' assembly technicians who died last year. A special memorial plate has been inserted into the engine compartment by his colleagues on the line to recognise Dunnage's contribution to the production of the machine.

At its launch the Commander cost just over £27,000. Today's replacement, the recently launched Ransomes MP495, costs around £48,000.

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